Academic Peer Advisor Certificate

What is the Academic Peer Advising Certificate?

The Academic Peer Advising Certificate program:

  • Offers current UC Davis academic peer advisors with an opportunity for continuing education & growth after they have successfully completed their required training in their home departments.
  • Provides peer advisors with:
    • supplemental knowledge, skills and training to more effectively advise UC Davis students
    • transferable skills that can be applied to any career path or post-baccalaureate educational plans.
  • Combines workshops, seminars and events offered from many different departments on campus.

What are the goals of the certificate?

The certificate series allows students to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a student advisor with a focus on professional development, leadership and diversity. This certificate series is unique from others offered on campus because of its focus on advising and the opportunity to apply this knowledge to peer advising.

Participation in the Peer Advising Certificate program will help peer advisors develop competency in the following areas:

  1. Conceptual and Informational/Technological
  2. Relational
  3. Cultural Competency/Humility
  4. Personal/Professional Growth 

Each competency area has specific student learning outcomes.

How do peers sign up and complete the certificate?

  • Fill out the interest form
  • Peers who are interested should register as soon as possible and no later than November 3rd (to provide adequate time to complete the requirements in the 2017-18 academic year)
  • The certificate must be completed by the end of the 2017-18 academic year
  • Complete a total of 6 requirements:
    • 2 Conceptual and Informational/Technological credits
    • 1 Relational credit
    • 1 Cultural Competency/Humility credit
    • 1 Personal/Professional Growth credit
    • 1 Elective credit (from competency area of your choice)
  • After attending each workshop, students will submit responses to prompts, and after completing the credit requirements for all categories, students will write a 2-3 page reflection paper to apply what they have learned to their work as peer advisors and to their future careers.

Certificate Completion

Peer advisors who choose to participate do not receive academic units or monetary compensation for completion of the peer certificate. This is an opportunity for personal growth and development, supplemental to the peer advisor role. Peer advisors who complete the requirements of the certificate, will receive a signed certificate from the Undergraduate Education Office of Academic Advising. 

How do I get more information?